Wonder Kids meal ideas, recipes and fun in the Kitchen. Featuring You Tube Videos, guest posts and loads more fun. Get your kids in the kitchen safely and make it fun.
Hello and Welcome to the Kids Kitchen section of Wonder Kids. So over the years I may have mentioned just once or twice my love for cooking and how important I think it is to get kids to be really knowledgable in the kitchen. It will really set them on a path to be a responsible adult and hopefully provide them with a healthy relationship with food where they make good choices for their adult diet.
Obviously the kitchen can be a dangerous place and kids should always be supervised but at the same time I think for young children (under 10) their time in the kitchen needs to be fun. This is where Wonder Kids comes in. I have come up with cooking ideas that can tie into some of their favourite films and times of year. As well as some great simple ways of doing a dish that kids always love.
I am writing this on the cusp of a new year and throughout 2017 I will be adding to this section greatly. I am planning on getting the kids from my family in the kitchen and making some great fun videos for our brand new Youtube channel. For now I am going to compile all of the best kitchen ideas from Wonder Kids so thats it's much easier for you to find.
One of our first recipes and one of the favourites, St Patricks Pizza or Rainbow Pizza. Here is how you can make a great pizza dough for the base, for the full recipe/method just click the picture opposite.
- 300g strong bread flour
- 1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.
Roll out the dough: If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter with cheese and toppings, drizzle with olive oil and season. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.
Candy Poke Balls
Here’s what you need to make Pokemon candy pokeballs:
- Red candy melts
- White candy melts
- Black candy melts
- Disposable icing bag
- White chocolate candies
- Mini M&Ms
Melt the red candy melts according to package directions. Add a small amount to one of the circle cavities and use the back of the spoon to spread it around. Make sure to completely coat the inside. Fill all the cavities and chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set.
Repeat the process with the white candy melts.
Add a second layer of each color and chill in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set. Read the full details and how to here.
Inspired from Roald Dahl's "The Witches", being able to bring books alive and making them more three dimensional is an amazingly effective way to get kids reading more. It doesn't really matter if they like the taste of this soup or not, as long as they try it. It will give the kids a deeper understanding and bring the book to life more. When the read the passage below they will be able to recall the smell of the soup as well as the taste.
"Today there is green-pea soup to start with, and for the main course you have a choice of either grilled fillet of sole or roast lamb.’
The next moment, one of the cooks came along with a gigantic saucepan of steaming green soup and poured the whole lot into the silver basin. He put the lid on the basin and shouted, ‘Soup for the big party all ready to go out!’
2 shallots (finely sliced)
750ml vegetable stock (or ham stock, if you have it)
400g frozen peas (petit pois are lovely here)
3 sprigs mint
Freshly ground pepper and flaky sea salt
Squeeze of lemon
4tsp crème fraîche
So there are some featured recipes that I know are great fun to make but we have loads more, just try some of these ideas below and remember to check back very soon for our new video cooking tutorials.